Bigger, Blacker, Badder: The Lowdown on Urban Decay Perversion Mascara

When it comes to mascara, will women ever have it all? You know what we mean: a mascara formula that darkens, separates, plumps and stays put all day -- so you don't have to worry about flaking or smudging while you're out and about re: conquering the world and such.   read more

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July 12, 2014  |   9:07 PM  |  COMMENT
Clueless at Choosing Your Colors? There's an App for That

The good news for this Friday (if I choose not to be offended by it) is that Esquire magazine has proclaimed that women my age (42) are the new hotties. The bad news is that even at this ripe, old hot age, with three decades of wearing it and nearly nine years of writing about it under my belt, I remain utterly dense when it comes to picking the correct makeup colors for my complexion.   read more

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July 11, 2014  |  11:07 AM  |  COMMENT
The Ad Campaign for D&G's New Makeup Required a Model Whose Eyes Could 'Speak'

"When we were looking for someone whose eyes embody the innermost essence of the Dolce & Gabbana woman, we could only think of one person: Scarlett Johansson," explain Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana of the casting choice they made for their new eye makeup campaign. "Her eyes can speak even when she does not," the pair say of Johansson, who, at 29, is expecting her first child with her French journalist fiancé Romain Dauriac.   read more

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July 11, 2014  |   7:07 AM  |  COMMENT
6 Makeup Tricks for the Best Summer #Selfie

Selfies aren't a new phenomenon. "Selfie" was named the 2013 word of the year by Oxford Dictionary, and you'd be hard pressed to find any bar that isn't playing some electronic version of the "Selfie" song (if you can even classify it as a song).   read more

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July 10, 2014  |   1:07 PM  |  COMMENT
Clavicle Contouring (And Why You Might Want to Give it a Shot)

According to the folks at Fashionista, clavicle contouring is a secret ace in the hole that the cognoscenti of the beauty world pull out of their back pockets when a little extra oomph is called for.   read more

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July 10, 2014  |  11:07 AM  |  COMMENT
Why Kat Von D Doesn't Give Makeup Tips

She may look as intimidating as the needles she uses to tattoo on shows like "Miami Ink" and "L.A. Ink," but Kat Von D made me feel comfortable immediately. "I'm warning you, I talk a lot," she said with a laugh.   read more

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July 10, 2014  |  10:07 AM  |  COMMENT
How a Photogenic World Cup Fan Became the New Face of L'Oréal

Talk about your Cinderella story; Two weeks ago when 17 year-old Axelle Despiegelaere swiped the colors of her native Belgium onto her face and put on a goofy Red Devils hat to attend their World Cup match against Argentina, she had no idea that her own world was about to be rocked.   read more

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July 10, 2014  |   7:07 AM  |  COMMENT
Rachel McAdams Makes Makeup-Free Look Amazing

• Rachel McAdams celebrated (mourned?) the news that her ex Ryan Gosling is having a kid with his girlfriend Eva Mendes by looking absolutely ridiculously incredible on the cover of Allure magazine with barely a drop of makeup on. [The Gloss]   read more

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July 10, 2014  |   5:07 AM  |  COMMENT
You're Making These Mistakes When Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes

We know, we know: Cleaning your makeup brushes can be a major pain. They take forever to wash, even longer to dry, and then the bristles start falling out. But if you were to take a black light to those un-washed makeup brushes, you'd probably never let them touch your face again. Dirty makeup brushes can even be the cause behind acne that won't go away. We spoke with Elaina Badro, internationally recognized makeup artist and the mastermind behind the Elaina Badro Brush Collection, and Lissette Waugh, founder of L Makeup Institute to get the 411 on cleaning makeup brushes (and the mistakes we're all making).   read more

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July 9, 2014  |  11:07 AM  |  1 COMMENT
Amazing Lipstick Looks for Dark Skin

Choosing a lipstick that works with dark skin tones can feel like a challenge. It may seem easier to stick to the plum and berry shades you know look fantastic with your complexion, instead of worrying about whether you can pull off an orange lip. (Spoiler alert: you definitely can.) But makeup --and lipstick especially, in our opinion -- should be fun, and more about what makes you feel gorgeous than sticking to a set of rules. In fact, celebrity makeup artist Nick Barose says that color-wise, lipstick options are practically limitless for dark-skinned women. We got his tips on how to wear any lipstick color with a dark complexion -- think vibrant violets, dreamy nudes, bold reds that work day and night and even an on-trend ombre look that's surprisingly easy to pull off.   read more

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July 7, 2014  |  12:07 PM  |  2 COMMENTS

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